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I am so glad everyone likes this--pianists and piano teachers are the toughest critics! You guys are the best! The ornamentation was created very carefully, so as not to upset anyone or ruffle purist feathers. I think we accomplished what we set out to do.
The ornamentation was created very carefully, so as not to upset anyone or ruffle purist feathers.
Meh....in spite of a wrongminded motivation, I still really liked the ornaments. Probably not as much as if your intention was specifically to upset purists and leave them with terribly ruffled feathers.
There are things that Mr. Gould did that were quite wonderful. But overall, I think he went in a direction that he truly believed the piano could imitate a harpsichord and the ornamentation was executed in the style of the harpsichord. The sonority of the piano was a bit too dry and brittle for my taste, and thus, lost the uniqueness of the piano's ability to produce Bach's vocal lines and warmth. But that's just my opinion. He was a genius in his use of Baroque practice, no matter the instrument.
Uh oh.....I think I lost my bet....good thing no one took me up on it!
I'd have taken your bet had I seen what you'd said. It's obvious from Mr. Biegel's playing that he is in no way affected by the Gould syndrome (thank God).
I am not sure what you mean by "the Gould syndrome", although I am assuming you are referring to pianists whose Bach sounds like an imitation of Gould's style and approach. If that is what you mean, I would agree with you that what I heard of Biegel's Bach is his own and not an imitation of Gould or anyone else. And I apologize to Mr. Biegel for answering the other person's comment on Gould and distracting focus from his wonderful playing.
Myra Hess was a wonderful Bach player, as was Edwin Fischer. But the main things I learned from Adele Marcus were rhythm, vocal lines, terraced dynamics, voicing as in a chamber orchestra, touch and phrasing. And, making the ornaments as part of the melodic material--slow ornaments in slow pieces, faster in fast pieces. One should be able to sing any phrase at any given time.